Lindsey Sowards Nielson
Last School
Alamosa High School
Roster Years


  • Parents are Martin and Lorna Sowards
  • Father ran cross country for Adams State College
  • Enjoys singing, playing the piano, reading, crocheting, being with family and friends, listening to music, taking naps, and interacting with animals
  • Majoring in Spanish teaching with a minor in TESOL K-12

Before BYU

  • Four-year letterwinner in both track and cross country at Alamosa HS
  • Owned a perfect 4.0 GPA in high school
  • Team captain all four years
  • Ranked as the No. 1 female athlete in her school and valley for four years
  • Regional champion her senior year in cross country after second and third-place finishes other years
  • An all-state runner, coming in third her sophomore year and eighth place as a senior
  • Named all-state in track for four years, earning multiple individual regional and state championships in several events and a member of several relay championship teams


  • All-Mountain Region Team selection (2012)
  • 2013 All-Mountain Region First Team


2012: Junior
Place Event Time Distance
4 BYU Autumn Classic 17:23.1 3Mile
32 Toledo Bubble Buster 13:57.7 4K
148 Wisconsin Invitational 20:30.0 6K
20 WCC Championships 21:21.0 6K
25 Mountain Region Championships 21:18.0 6K
2010: Sophomore    
Place Event Time  Distance
18 Utah State Open 17:48.9 5K
21 Aztec Invitational 19:02.2 5K
15 Bob Firman Invitational 19:12.9 5K
2009: Freshman    
Place Event Time  Distance
18 BYU Autumn Classic* 19:17.0 5K
66 UC Riverside Invitational 18:13.4 5K
25 Bob Firman Invitational 19:19.9 5K

 * - Unattached

BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2009

  • Ran unattached at the BYU Autumn Classic, finishing the 5K race in 19:17
  • Came in 66th place at the UC Riverside Invitational in 18:13
  • Arrived in 25th place at the Bob Firman Invitational in 19:19
Sophmore Year 2010

  • Placed 18th at the Utah State Open in 17:48.9
  • Took 21st at the Aztec Invitational in 19:02.2
  • Ended the season at the Bob Firman Invitational with a 15th place finish in 19:12.9
Junior Year 2012

  • In first race of the year, led the Cougars to a second-place finish placing first for BYU and fourth overall at the BYU Autumn Classic
  • Placed third for BYU and 32nd overall at the Toledo Bubble Buster in 13:57.7
  • Finished third for BYU and 148th overall in 21:04.0 at the Wisconsin Invitational
  • At the WCC Championships, finished third for BYU and 20th overall in 21:21.0
  • During the Mountain Region Championships, placed second for BYU and 25th overall in 21:18.0 and received All-Mountain Region honors
Senior Year 2013

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year 2011

Medical Redshirt Year 2011